Food on the Edges of Society
  • The Barrel House, 59 High Street, Totnes TQ9 5PB

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The Food as a Lifestyle Motivator (FLM) Project is a pilot project that explores the use of creative methods (photo elicitation*) to gain insight into the food experiences of service users at a Plymouth based homeless centre.

The findings of this pilot study unveil powerful food stories as told by homeless individuals, illustrating that food holds meaning and can mark identity for service users; it also exerts emotion and can express both power and empowerment; its environment can be space and social place; it provides meaningful occupation. This research is ongoing and is supported by various partners across Plymouth.

Come and enjoy a delicious two course meal in The Kitchen Table's Conversation Café while discussing the talk provided by Dr Clare Pettinger, facilitated by Gill Coombs.

Clare will talk about her FLM research project and thought-provoking questions will then be offered for discussed over dinner!

Advance booking is essential for this event - contact to book and advise of any dietary requirements. The cost is £10 per person payable on the door and the bar will be open all evening.

Start time: 6.30pm.

Biography: Dr Clare Pettinger (Plymouth University)

Clare is a Registered Dietitian and Registered Nutritionist (Public Health). She is an experienced lecturer with a proven track record in food choice research. She frequently acts as an advocate for her two professions by offering expert consultancy and advice on food-related issues to the media and local/regional networks. With strong experience in the evaluation of food projects, and a passion for food and social justice, Clare’s research interests have developed in the area of food poverty and the social determinants of food choice. Through a successful Institute for Sustainability Solutions Research (ISSR) grant in May 2014 the ‘Food as a Lifestyle Motivator’ (FLM) project was born, aiming to explore creative methods of engaging homeless individuals to tell their food stories, for enhanced wellbeing and life skills. The FLM project is gaining momentum, having successfully won several small University internal funding awards. This has been consolidated by a small grant of £10K, awarded in August 2015, from The British Academy/Leverhulme: ‘Food as a Lifestyle Motivator’ (FLM) - evolving creative methods into solutions for engaging ‘marginalised’ individuals through food activities.

* 'Photo elicitation’ is a participatory social research method that involves photos being taken and then used as part of a focused discussion during the research process. This method is known to build skills within disadvantaged communities, and has been used successfully in the homeless population (Wang et al 2000).

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